THE QUEEN is now at Balmoral Castle for her official summer break. She would usually attend services at the local church while there, but she is not expected to do so this summer. A royal expert has explained why.
Queen Elizabeth II, 95, marked the official start of her summer break in the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday. Every year the Queen travels to Aberdeenshire to spend several months at Balmoral Castle where she enjoys a rare break away from her royal duty.
The Royal Family’s official Twitter account shared pictures of the Queen stepping out in Scotland to mark the start of her holidays.
She was dressed in a striking pink outfit and wore a wide grin as she met the guards taking part in the ceremonial display put on to greet her.
The Palace tweeted: “The Queen has arrived at Balmoral Castle for her summer break.
“In a small ceremony outside the Castle gates, Her Majesty inspected a Guard of Honour formed of the @5_scots, Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.”
While the Queen is expected to host Royal Family members throughout the summer as usual there is one tradition she is likely to skip due to the pandemic.
On Tuesday Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer referred to the paper’s royal coverage for the day on Twitter.
Mr Palmer wrote: “Details of Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against Prince Andrew emerged too late for first editions but our night desk changed up for later editions today.
“We also report that the Queen is expected to skip church services at Crathie Kirk while at Balmoral this summer.”
In a follow-up tweet, he added: “My attempt to explain why the Queen currently intends to avoid Crathie Kirk services has been edited out for space but the Queen has generally worshipped privately during the pandemic.
“Worshippers in Scotland still have to wear face masks in church and give contact details.
“With the Scottish government still urging caution, there obviously remains some concern and a desire to limit the risks to a 95-year-old monarch.”
Mr Palmer added: “Wearing a face mask throughout a church service may not be to her liking either.”
The Queen is head of the Church of England and a deeply devout Christian.
While in previous years, crowds have gathered outside Crathie Kirk to greet the Queen on Sundays, she is expected to. “Brinkwire Summary News”.